Cold War And The Czechoslovak Coup Of '48

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This will test your knowledge of the events in the beginning of the Cold War and a few key events of the Czechoslovak Coup of 1948.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    List two events that occurred in the Czechoslovak Coup of 1948. (2 pts) You may use bullet points.

  • 2. 

    Why did Czechoslovakia reject the Marshall Plan?

  • 3. 

    Briefly explain the organization of NATO.

  • 4. 

    What does the term 'Cold War' describe?

    • A.

      The tension between Russia and the East on one hand, and the Ukraine and the Balkans on the other.

    • B.

      The antagonism between the United States and the West on one hand, and the Soviet Union and the East on the other

    • C.

      The antagonism between the United States and the West on one hand, and China and Asia

    • D.

      The antagonism between the Trizonia States and the West on one hand, and the Baltic Nations on the other

    Correct Answer
    B. The antagonism between the United States and the West on one hand, and the Soviet Union and the East on the other
    Explanation
    The term "Cold War" refers to the antagonism between the United States and its Western allies on one side and the Soviet Union and its Eastern allies on the other side. It describes the political and ideological rivalry, military buildup, and proxy wars that occurred between the two superpowers from the end of World War II until the early 1990s. This period was characterized by a lack of direct military conflict but intense competition and tension between the two sides.

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  • 5. 

    The economic rivalry between Cold War countries was called "The Great Contest" for what reason?

    • A.

      It was a contest to see which would create the most businesses in the East versus in the West

    • B.

      It was a contest to see which would provide the most jobs for the societies

    • C.

      It was a contest between ideas of capitalism and Marxism

    • D.

      It was an idea contest between socialism and communism

    Correct Answer
    C. It was a contest between ideas of capitalism and Marxism
    Explanation
    The economic rivalry between Cold War countries was called "The Great Contest" because it was a contest between the opposing ideas of capitalism and Marxism. The countries involved in the Cold War, primarily the United States and the Soviet Union, had fundamentally different economic systems and ideologies. Capitalism, championed by the United States, emphasized private ownership and free markets, while Marxism, advocated by the Soviet Union, promoted state ownership and central planning. The economic rivalry between these two ideologies was a central aspect of the Cold War and was often referred to as "The Great Contest" to highlight the ideological clash between the two sides.

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  • 6. 

    In 1918-1921 there was a _________________ in the new Soviet State with included foreign intervention from the USA and Britain. 

    • A.

      Famine

    • B.

      Civil War and the Polish invasion

    • C.

      Economic Crisis

    • D.

      State of Stalinism

    Correct Answer
    B. Civil War and the Polish invasion
    Explanation
    During the period of 1918-1921, the new Soviet State faced a Civil War and the Polish invasion. This refers to a time of conflict and instability within the country, where various factions fought against each other and Poland also launched an invasion. This event had a significant impact on the Soviet State, leading to a prolonged period of violence and political upheaval.

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  • 7. 

    The Communist threat from Soviet Russia became less important in the 1930's with the arrival of ______. 

    • A.

      The Second World War

    • B.

      The Polish Invasion

    • C.

      The Weimar Republic

    • D.

      The Great Depression

    Correct Answer
    D. The Great Depression
    Explanation
    The Great Depression is the correct answer because it had a significant impact on shifting the focus away from the communist threat posed by Soviet Russia. The economic crisis caused by the Great Depression led to widespread unemployment, poverty, and social unrest in many countries, including the United States. As a result, governments and individuals were more preoccupied with addressing internal economic issues rather than worrying about external threats. This shift in priorities and the need to deal with domestic problems made the communist threat from Soviet Russia less important in the 1930s.

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  • 8. 

    When Hitler came to power in Germany, the relations between the USA and the USSR began to ______.

    • A.

      Get worse

    • B.

      Improve

    • C.

      Remain the same as it was

    Correct Answer
    B. Improve
    Explanation
    After Hitler came to power in Germany, the relations between the USA and the USSR began to improve. This is because both countries had a common enemy in Nazi Germany and recognized the need for cooperation to counter its growing influence. The USA and the USSR formed the Grand Alliance during World War II, which marked a significant improvement in their relations. However, it is important to note that this improvement was temporary and gave way to the Cold War tensions between the two superpowers after the war.

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  • 9. 

    Stalin's purge in _______________ created another rise in the anti-Soviet attitudes in the USA. 

    • A.

      1920-1925

    • B.

      1935-1937

    • C.

      1945-1950

    • D.

      1923

    Correct Answer
    B. 1935-1937
    Explanation
    Stalin's purge in 1935-1937 created another rise in the anti-Soviet attitudes in the USA. During this time period, Stalin carried out a campaign of mass repression, targeting perceived enemies within the Soviet Union. This included purging the Communist Party, the military, and various other institutions. News of these purges and the brutal methods used by Stalin's regime reached the United States, leading to increased anti-Soviet sentiments. The purges served as a reminder of the oppressive nature of the Soviet regime and fueled fears of Soviet expansionism and aggression.

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  • 10. 

    When the Big 3 met in Tehran in 1943, they agreed to restore Soviet Russia's borders with ----------- to pre-1918 borders.

    • A.

      Ukraine

    • B.

      Germany

    • C.

      Poland

    • D.

      Estonia

    Correct Answer
    C. Poland
    Explanation
    During the Tehran Conference in 1943, the Big 3 (United States, Soviet Union, and United Kingdom) agreed to restore Soviet Russia's borders with Poland to pre-1918 borders. This means that they agreed to return the territory that Poland had lost during World War I and establish its borders as they were before the war. This decision aimed to address the territorial disputes and ensure stability in the region.

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  • 11. 

    The conferences at ___________ and _____________ in 1945 were the start of a breakdown in the Grand Alliance. There were four main areas of disagreement at these conferences: Germany, Poland, economic reconstruction, and nuclear weapons. 

    • A.

      Yalta and Potsdam

    • B.

      Munich and Paris

    • C.

      Berlin and Tehran

    • D.

      London and Versailles

    Correct Answer
    A. Yalta and Potsdam
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Yalta and Potsdam. The conferences at Yalta and Potsdam in 1945 marked a significant turning point in the relationship between the Allied powers. At these conferences, the leaders of the United States, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom discussed the post-war order and their differing visions for the future. Disagreements arose over issues such as the division of Germany, the fate of Poland, the economic reconstruction of Europe, and the development and control of nuclear weapons. These disagreements ultimately led to a breakdown in the Grand Alliance and set the stage for the Cold War.

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  • 12. 

    Tensions rose even further after US president Roosevelt's death in April, 1945 and the Vice President, ___________, took a hardline approach to the Soviet Union. 

    • A.

      James Byrnes

    • B.

      George Marshall

    • C.

      Winston Churchill

    • D.

      Harry Truman

    Correct Answer
    D. Harry Truman
    Explanation
    After the death of US President Roosevelt in April 1945, tensions escalated even more. The Vice President at the time, Harry Truman, adopted a tough stance towards the Soviet Union. This suggests that Truman's approach to international relations differed from that of Roosevelt, potentially leading to increased tensions between the US and the Soviet Union.

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  • 13. 

    The atomic bomb was tested in July 1945. This bomb gave the USA a negotiation 'tool' during the  __________ conference. Diplomats disagreed on whether or not a nuclear partnership would be made with Soviet Russia. 

    • A.

      Tehran

    • B.

      Brussells

    • C.

      Yalta

    • D.

      Potsdam

    Correct Answer
    D. Potsdam
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Potsdam. The Potsdam Conference took place in July 1945, shortly after the successful testing of the atomic bomb. During this conference, diplomats from the USA and Soviet Russia discussed various post-war issues, including the question of a nuclear partnership. The atomic bomb gave the USA leverage in these negotiations, as they had the capability to use nuclear weapons if necessary.

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  • 14. 

    Which are two of the five 'D's, or agreements made about what was to be done with Germany after WWII?

    • A.

      Decentralization and denationalization

    • B.

      Denationalization and democratization

    • C.

      Denazification and decentralization

    • D.

      Demilitarisation and defenestration

    Correct Answer
    C. Denazification and decentralization
    Explanation
    After World War II, there were several agreements made about what was to be done with Germany. One of these agreements was denazification, which involved removing all traces of Nazi ideology and influence from German society. This was done through various measures such as purging Nazi officials from positions of power and implementing educational programs to promote democratic values. Another agreement was decentralization, which aimed to distribute political power and decision-making authority among different regions or local governments within Germany. This was done to prevent the concentration of power that had led to the rise of Nazi Germany.

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  • 15. 

    ______________'s Long Telegram sent from Russia, said that Russia was an expansionist state which would never co-operate with the USA. 

    • A.

      Marshall

    • B.

      Kennan

    • C.

      Moltov

    Correct Answer
    B. Kennan
    Explanation
    Kennan's Long Telegram sent from Russia stated that Russia was an expansionist state which would never cooperate with the USA. This suggests that Kennan, the author of the telegram, believed that Russia had aggressive intentions and would not be willing to work together with the United States. The Long Telegram is known for shaping the United States' policy of containment towards the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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  • 16. 

    The 'rotten apple' concept, which was similar to the 'domino theory' said that if one country became __________ it would contaminate the countries surrounding it. 

    • A.

      Capitalist

    • B.

      Communist

    • C.

      Free

    • D.

      Democratic

    Correct Answer
    B. Communist
    Explanation
    The 'rotten apple' concept, similar to the 'domino theory', suggests that if one country becomes communist, it would spread and negatively influence the surrounding countries. This implies that the spread of communism is seen as a negative and contagious force, which could potentially destabilize neighboring nations.

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  • 17. 

    The Marshall Plan was set up to provide aid to ____________ 

    • A.

      Balkan countries recovering after the war

    • B.

      European countries recovering after the war

    • C.

      Russia to recover from the war

    • D.

      Only to Germany to help them recover from the war

    Correct Answer
    B. European countries recovering after the war
    Explanation
    The Marshall Plan was established to provide aid to European countries that were recovering after the war. It aimed to assist in the economic reconstruction and development of these countries, helping them rebuild their industries, infrastructure, and overall economy. The plan was implemented to prevent the spread of communism and promote stability and prosperity in Europe.

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  • 18. 

    The ____________________ was the other half 'of the same walnut' with the Marshall Plan. 

    • A.

      Molotov Plan

    • B.

      The Domino Theory

    • C.

      Truman Doctrine

    • D.

      The Great Divide

    Correct Answer
    C. Truman Doctrine
    Explanation
    The Truman Doctrine was the other half 'of the same walnut' with the Marshall Plan. The Truman Doctrine was a policy introduced by President Harry S. Truman in 1947, which aimed to contain the spread of communism and support countries threatened by Soviet expansion. It provided economic and military aid to Greece and Turkey and set the stage for the United States' involvement in the Cold War. The Marshall Plan, on the other hand, was a program initiated by the United States to provide economic assistance to war-torn European countries to prevent the spread of communism. Both the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan were key components of the United States' strategy to counter Soviet influence during the Cold War.

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  • 19. 

    Bizonia was an joint rule of Germany between ________ and _________ after WWII. 

    • A.

      The UK and France

    • B.

      The USSR and France

    • C.

      The UK and USA

    • D.

      France and the USA

    Correct Answer
    C. The UK and USA
    Explanation
    Bizonia was a joint rule of Germany between the UK and USA after WWII. This was a result of the merging of the British and American occupation zones in Germany, which aimed to improve the economic stability and recovery of the country. Bizonia eventually became the foundation for the formation of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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  • 20. 

    Because of the currency reforms and the tightening of the trizonia in Germany, the Soviets put pressure on the west by cutting off rail, road and freight traffic into _________. 

    • A.

      Munich

    • B.

      Berlin

    • C.

      Moscow

    • D.

      Leningrad

    Correct Answer
    B. Berlin
    Explanation
    Because of the currency reforms and the tightening of the trizonia in Germany, the Soviets put pressure on the west by cutting off rail, road and freight traffic into Berlin. This suggests that Berlin was a significant location that the Soviets targeted in order to exert pressure on the western powers.

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  • 21. 

    In 1946 elections in Czechoslovakia, the KSč, the _________________, won 38% of the vote for the largest number of seats in parliament

    • A.

      Socialist nationalist party

    • B.

      Democratic party

    • C.

      Social democtrats

    • D.

      Communist party

    Correct Answer
    D. Communist party
    Explanation
    In the 1946 elections in Czechoslovakia, the Communist Party (KSč) emerged as the party with the largest number of seats in parliament, winning 38% of the vote. This indicates that a significant portion of the electorate supported the Communist Party's platform and policies, leading to their electoral success.

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  • 22. 

    After the 1946 elections, President Beneš selected Klement ˇˇˇˇˇˇˇˇˇˇˇˇˇˇ as Prime Minister to represent the Parliament.

    • A.

      Gottwald

    • B.

      Masaryk

    • C.

      Yeltsin

    • D.

      Nosek

    Correct Answer
    A. Gottwald
    Explanation
    After the 1946 elections, President Beneš selected Klement Gottwald as Prime Minister to represent the Parliament.

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  • 23. 

    As head of the police force,  ___________ was able to use his power to fire people who were not communist and replace them with communists. 

    • A.

      Gottwald

    • B.

      Benes

    • C.

      Nosek

    • D.

      Masaryk

    Correct Answer
    C. Nosek
    Explanation
    Nosek, as the head of the police force, had the authority to dismiss individuals who were not communist and appoint communist individuals in their place.

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  • 24. 

    When did the Czechoslovak  Coup occur?

    • A.

      February 1948

    • B.

      December 1948

    • C.

      February 1945

    • D.

      December 1945

    Correct Answer
    A. February 1948
    Explanation
    The correct answer is February 1948. This refers to the Czechoslovak Coup, which took place in February 1948. During this event, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia seized power in a coup d'état, leading to the establishment of a communist regime in the country. This marked a significant turning point in Czechoslovakia's history, as it resulted in the suppression of political opposition and the beginning of a period of communist rule that lasted until the Velvet Revolution in 1989.

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